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Jordan Jones Returned to Practice with a Bang

Kentucky’s explosive All-SEC inside linebacker returned to practice Tuesday.

Jordan Jones missed significant time in 2017 with a collarbone injury.  He was also absent throughout the spring with a shoulder injury.  At the start of camp his shoulder was cleared to practice, but according to Mark Stoops, Jones had multiple minor injuries that kept him off the field throughout raining camp.

“He hasn’t been out there much.  He’s had two or three different things going on with with him.  Hopefully he’s back now full-go.  We’ll see,” Stoops said after today’s practice.

In 2016, his only complete season as a starter at Kentucky, Jones was a Second Team All-SEC selection after recording 109 tackles (3rd in the SEC), 15.5 tackles for loss (6th in the SEC) and four sacks.  In today’s practice he had arguably the defense’s best play when he blew up Benny Snell behind the line of scrimmage, one of Jones’ specialities.

“He’s loose. He’s slippery, both in run game and when he’s pressuring.  He’s one of those guys that just has instincts to get to the football.  He showed some signs again with that today,” Stoops said.

The defense felt Jones’ impact today.  How he will perform moving forward after missing so much time is unforeseen, but his experience is invaluable.

“He’s been gone a bunch…so we’ve learned to function and move on without him at times. But certainly with his experience and has playmaking ability, we love having him out there.  As far as his effect on the defense, that’s yet to be seen.  Hopefully it’ll amp us up a bit.  His experience helps because when we’re playing with the freshmen, they’re talented, but they’re still freshmen.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Jordan Jones Returned to Practice with a Bang

  1. StuckinLville
    7:20 pm August 21, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully his attitude isn’t. He cost us games with his out of control temper tantrums and he’s a senior now, time to mature.

    • dismore
      8:27 pm August 21, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. And he doesn’t understand discipline football. Has tons of talent but always looking to make a big play and got burned being out of position a lot last year. For every big play he made, he gave up several big plays by being out of position.

    • KTR2786
      9:14 pm August 21, 2018 Permalink

      Really? When? The guy has been incredible when he’s healthy and is being railroaded for a couple of very dumb decisions. Hopefully he’s matured but I’m extremely happy to have him back. Good leader too.

    • StuckinLville
      9:51 pm August 21, 2018 Permalink

      Couple? I cant even count the number of late hits in his career that allowed the offense to stay on the field. And as a junior look at how he acted during the Louisville game. That was no leader, he was a temper mental child that day. But he is a good player. He wasn’t All-SEC for no reason, that’s why he needs to mature. Stoops has always said Jones was wired differently, but it’s time to play the disciplined football that he always preaches. I hope he has a great year because we will need him, but if he hasn’t matured, he only hurts the team.

    • unbridled
      12:33 am August 22, 2018 Permalink

      Mark stoops does not demand discipline…so why would jones suddenly have it? Jones looked like a child against Louisville and stoops allowed him to stay on the field. Very classy coach.

    • cats646
      8:21 am August 22, 2018 Permalink

      Jordan Jones has NEVER costed us a game!!! He’s just crazy. Which I love about him. Every good football team needs that one insane linebacker to intimidate everyone.

  2. nschulte13
    9:01 pm August 21, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully he has matured. If not. There is enough raw talent behind him to bench him.

  3. Luether
    11:10 pm August 21, 2018 Permalink

    Jones is a big play guy and difference maker. Hope he’s healthy for the entire season. If not, it will likely cost us a game or two…

  4. AllBall
    4:22 am August 22, 2018 Permalink

    Feels like Stoops is making it clear to Jones that this team is moving forward with or without you. If you wanna play disciplined and fundamental football great, glad to have you. However, we don’t need the I’ma get mine and actin a fool antics.